Migrating to new HDD

Intel / D975xbx
May 17, 2009 at 01:00:11
Specs: Windows Vista, E6550 @ 2.33GHz / 2GB

I have a hassle here and I need your kind advice.

I have a laptop with a 120GB 5300rpm HDD I obtained a new 160HDD 7200rpm I want to migrate windows and all files/programs/settings since I really have time issues I might be able to wait only for a fresh OS (VISTA) Installation on the new HDD more than that time wasting installing drivers/programs/updates/files. are not in the equation at this time I found below links which I can purchase if it will make my life easier.
PS: I do realize there will be time wasting copying the files with those programs but it's less of a hassle than doing it one by one. but I am confused on which one to purchase? or if you guys have a better idea?





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May 17, 2009 at 04:54:42
(plz just disregards this post if its not what your after as its not a direct answer & i know regulars will confirm your answer.)
While acronis is superb for desktops (full OS clone & swapping hdd's is easy), for a laptop you may have to use a external enclosure for the new drive to be imaged on to.
It seems you willl need the acronis boot disk to copy the mbr
as the new imaged drive isnt bootable
according to

thats the first clear site I found explaining the procedure as the acronis manual doesnt go through the setup for a laptop for some reason.

If any one got an easier answer than the solution below ?
heres an alternative all in one shot option, see video


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i would also be interested to hear c.net regulars views on this product.

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